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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Ms Hayde Ayala

To Donate Online to St JXXIII go to: https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=415

Office: 416-429-4000; Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM

Email: saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

ShareLife: https://www.sharelife.org/Public/Home.aspx

Sunday Mass

Sat Vigil Mass 5:15PM / Sun Mass 9AM, 12:15PM & 5:30PM.

(Weekdays: Mon, Wed, Fri 7PM; Tues, Thurs, Sat 9AM)

Baptism

Baptisms are celebrated on the second Saturday of the month at 11AM and third Sunday of the month at

1:30PM. Preparation session is required.

Reconciliation (confession)

Before all Sun Masses/Sat Vigil Mass and the Wed Mass or by appointment. Confessional is in Adoration Chapel.

Anointing of the Sick

At any time by appointment. In case of emergency, please ask hospital for Catholic priest. Or see Fr Simon.

Marriage: See Fr Simon before setting a date.

RCIA

If you know someone who wishes to become Catholic speak to priest.

Catholic Cemeteries:

Head Office: 416-733-8544

PARISH CHRISTMAS

PARTY

This Coming Saturday,

December 14

Our Christmas Party will begin

with a Nativity Play hosted by

our young people immediately

following the 5:15PM Mass.

Following this we go downstairs

to the hall for our meal and

entertainment.

ANNUAL

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

Collection TODAY

For those families who are in

need this Christmas season in

Flemingdon Park.

Some suffer from mental illness;

some are refugees in need;

others are pensioners with very
little; others are simply in need.

“The least you do unto these little

ones, you do unto me.” (Jesus)

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

79. What is the Good News for humanity?

It  is  the  proclamation  of  Jesus  Christ,  the  “Son  of  the  living
God” (Mt16:16), who died and rose from the dead. In the time of
King  Herod  and  the  Emperor  Caesar  Augustus,  God  fulfilled
the promises that he made to Abraham and his descendants.
He  sent  “his  Son,  born  of  a  woman,  born  under  the  law,  to
redeem  those  who  were  under  the  law,  so  that  we  might
receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

80. How is the Good News spread?

From  the  very  beginning  the  first  disciples  burned  with  the
desire  to  proclaim  Jesus Christ  in  order  to  lead  all  to  faith  in
him.  Even  today,  from  the  loving  knowledge  of  Christ  there
springs  up  in  the  believer  the  desire  to  evangelize  and
catechize,  that  is,  to  reveal  in  the  Person  of Christ  the  entire
design of God and to put humanity in communion with him.

“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord”

81. What is the meaning of the name “Jesus”?

Given by the angel at the time of the Annunciation, the name
“Jesus”  means  “God  saves”. The  name  expresses  his  identity
and  his  mission  “because  he  will  save  his  people  from  their
sins” (Matthew 1:21). Peter proclaimed that “there is no other
name  under  heaven  given  to  men  by  which  we  can  be
saved” (Acts 4:12).

82. Why is Jesus called “Christ”?

“Christ” in Greek, “Messiah” in Hebrew, means the “anointed
one”. Jesus is the Christ because he is consecrated by God and
anointed  by  the  Holy  Spirit  for  his  redeeming  mission.  He  is
the  Messiah  awaited  by  Israel,  sent  into  the  world  by  the
Father.  Jesus  accepted  the  title  of  Messiah  but  he  made  the
meaning  of  the  term  clear:  “come  down  from  heaven”  (Jn3:13),
crucified  and  then  risen  ,  he  is  the  Suffering  Servant  “who
gives  his  life  as  a  ransom  for  the  many”  (Mt20:28).  From  the
name Christ comes our name of Christian.

83. In what sense is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God?

Jesus  is  the  Son  of  God  in  a  unique  and  perfect  way.  At  the
time  of  his  Baptism  and  his Transfiguration,  the  voice  of  the
Father  designated  Jesus  as  his  “beloved  Son”.  In  presenting
himself  as  the  Son  who  “knows  the  Father”  (Mt11:27),  Jesus
affirmed  his  singular  and  eternal  relationship  with  God  his
Father.  He  is  “the  Only  Begotten  Son  of  God”  (1Jn4:9),  the
second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the central figure of
apostolic preaching. The apostles saw “his glory as of the Only
Begotten of the Father” (Jn1:14).

84. What is the meaning of the title “Lord”?

In  the  Bible  this  title  regularly  designates  God  as  Sovereign.
Jesus  ascribed  this  title  to  himself  and  revealed  his  divine
sovereignty by his power over nature, over demons, over sin,
and  over  death,  above  all  by  his  own  Resurrection. The  first
Christian  creeds  proclaimed  that  the  power,  the  honour,  and
the glory that are due to God the Father also belong to Jesus:
God  “has  given  him  the  name  which  is  above  every  other
name”  (Ph2:9).  He  is  the  Lord  of  the  world  and  of  history,  the
only One  to  whom  we  must  completely  submit  our  personal
freedom.

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

More Good News UPDATE

Hello father Simon
Good  news.  Fortunately, We  accepted  by  the Canada  embassy.
They sent all of us for   medical. Everything goes great , thanks
for  everything. You  are  such  a  great  blessing  for  all  of  us.  May
our lord jesus,bless you all

Sincerely, Somayeh Ghafarian

Donations

GTA Iraqi Community: $5,000/Anonymous: $5,000;
Parishioners & Parish Fundraisers: $12,026.15; Parish
Bequests: $23,773.85; Parish Funds: $500 (processing fees)
Total: $46,300.00

THE REFUGEE COLLECTION

Monthly Second Collection

The purpose of this collection is to repay our parish savings so
that  we  may  have  a

reserve to fall back on if

w e  e n c o u n t e r  a n y

e m e r g e n c i e s :

b r e a k d o w n

o f

equipment,  etc.  In  this

way,  we  will  all  have

the  opportunity  to

contribute  to  towards

helping  this  family

suffering  and  exiled

from  their  homeland

because  of  their  faith  in

Christ.

EVENT

DATE

TIME

Advent

Confessions With

10 Priests

Available

Wednesday,

December 18

7:30PM-9PM

Advent Holy

Hour

Sunday, December

22

3:30PM-5PM

Christmas Carols,

Children’s Choir

Tuesday,

December 24

11:15PM-11:50PM

Christmas

Midnight Mass

Tuesday,

December 24

11:59PM

Christmas Day

Masses

Wednesday,

December 25

9AM & 12:15PM

St Steven’s Mass

Thursday,

December 26

10AM

Mary, Mother of

God, Holy Hour

Vigil

Tuesday,

December 31

5:45PM-6:45PM

Mary, Mother of

God, Vigil Mass

(Day of Obligation for

Catholics)

Tuesday,

December 31

7PM

Mary, Mother of
God, Masses (Day

of Obligation for

Catholics)

Wednesday,

January 1

9AM & 12:15PM

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

SUSPENDED FOR REFUGEE COLLECTION

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, December 9, 7PM:

+Emanuel, Delfine, Tina, Francesco, Delia

Tues, December 10, 9AM:

+Consolacion Rojas

Wed December 11, 7PM:
       

Thanksgiving of Sharon Quilop

Thurs, December 12, 9AM:
       

Thanksgiving of Corazon Martinez

Fri, December 13, 7PM
       

Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque

Sat, December 14, 9AM 

+Jean Ellen Cruz

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Saturday, December 14
5:15PM: Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque
Sunday, December 15
9AM: The Parishioners
12:15PM: Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque
5:30PM: +Estelita Labrador

VOCATIONS

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare

the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Could God be calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother

or sister in order to help our world of today to truly

“prepare the way of the Lord”? If God is calling you,

contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese

of Toronto at 416-968-0997.

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, Dec 14—Friday, Dec 20

Sanctuary Tabernacle: +Charles Hendrick

Chapel Tabernacle:

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Call Beth at 416-467-6492. Your intention will be emailed

out to this prayer community. Only first name and

intention will be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK & SHUT-INS

Call parish office and let us know—416-429-4000

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$2682.

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

Monthly Refugee Collection

October: $699

Refugee Collection Total To Date:

$1479.

St Vincent de Paul Collection

$????

DVD LENDING LIBRARY

Please Return DVDs

Do you have a DVD at home which you have forgotten to

return? Lent it out? Please get them back! Many of the

DVDs have been missing for too long.

SACRAMENTS OF

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFESSION

Second Test

Month of February/March

Call office for appointment with Fr Simon when child

knows the material.

Sunday Mass

Confirmandi attendance at Mass every Sunday is a sign

that you are ready to receive God, the Holy Spirit, in a new

and deeper way.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

ADVENT CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:30PM

SUNDAY MASS

Confirmandi attendance at Mass every Sunday is a sign

that you are ready to receive God, the Holy Spirit, in a new

and deeper way.

Session 4

Wed Feb 19, 2020

7PM Mass & 7:30PM—9PM Session 4

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND

Help for Troubled Marriages

Friday, January 24, 6PM to Sunday, January 26, 2PM,

Niagara Falls, Ontario

If you are thinking of separation or divorce — or you are

already separated but want to try again — then

Retrouvaille can help. This program will give you the tools

to help get your marriage back on track. It will also give

you the opportunity to rediscover one another and

examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

416-281-6007 / info@torontoretrouvaille.com

www.torontoretrouvaille.com

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SMILE

An Electrician In Heaven

A electrician dies in a fishing accident on his 40th birthday

and finds himself greeted at the Pearly Gates by a brass

band. Saint Peter runs over, shakes his hand and says

“Congratulations!”

“Congratulations for what?” asks the electrician

“Congratulations for what?” says Saint Peter. “We are

celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old.”

“But that’s not true,” says the consultant. “I only lived to

be forty.”

“That’s impossible,” says Saint Peter, “we added up your

time sheets!”

An Electrician On Death Row

A chemist, a biologist and an electrical engineer were on

death row waiting to go in the electric chair.

The chemist was brought forward first.

"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the

executioner, strapping him in.

"No," replied the chemist. The executioner flicked the

switch and nothing happened. Under this particular

State's law, if an execution attempt fails, the prisoner is to

be released, so the chemist was released.

Then the biologist was brought forward.

"Do you have anything you want to say?"

"No, just get on with it." The executioner flicked the

switch, and again nothing happened, so the biologist was

released.

Then the electrical engineer was brought forward.

"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the

executioner.

"Yes," replied the engineer. "If you swap the red and the

blue wires over, you might make this thing work."

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’, DECEMBER MISSION INTENTION

The Future of the Very Young

That every country take the measures necessary to

prioritize the future of the very young, especially those

who are suffering.

PLEASE PICKUP YOUR 2020 DONATION

ENVELOPES

Please call the office 416-429-4000

or email saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com

1. If you want to use pre-numbered donation envelopes;

2. If there are changes in your name, address or contact

information;

3. If you have not registered yet in the parish and want to

use envelopes.

Note

If you have not used your 2019 envelopes, your number

will be assigned to someone else.

Benefit To You

Using pre-numbered envelopes means at the end of the
year you will receive an income tax receipt by which you

can reclaim the tax you paid on your donations.

Benefit To Your Parish

Using envelopes reminds you to give each week. Your

Church depends on your generosity.

Thank You!

HOLY HOUR

The Holy Hour On The 4 Sundays of Advent.

Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

3:30PM to 5PM.

The word Advent means “coming” and/or “waiting”.

Advent celebrates and prepares us for the 3 comings of
Christ: His coming now into our hearts; His first coming

which we celebrate at Christmas in His Nativity; and His

final coming in glory to judge the living and the dead.

Come, Watch, Prepare For His Coming During These Holy

Hours.

ADVENT RETREAT

Reflections on the Blessed Trinity

Sat, Dec 14: 9:30AM-3PM; St. Augustine’s Seminary

2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

Father Charles Anang will explore the profound depths of

the Christian’s identity and sublime destiny. Through

baptism, we have become the temple of the indwelling

Holy Spirit, so as to share in Christ's sonship of the Father.

The new child of the Father is to become a new Christ:

“We are no longer two people, Jesus and I; we are just

one: Jesus alone” (Blessed Dina Bélanger). This reflection
offers an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy Mass is included with

registration. Feel free to invite friends and family to join

us on this day.

COST: $50, includes lunch; PHONE: 416-261-7207

EMAIL: layspiritualformation@sastoronto.org

WEB: http://www.staugustines.on.ca/

UPCOMING LENTEN MISSION

St John XXIII Parish

Preacher: Fr Francis Ching, Companions of the Cross

“Growing in Partnership with Christ.”

“We will focus on living a responsible discipleship, fighting

vices and growing in virtues”

March 29 to April 1, 2020

Fr Francis is returning to lead us in this parish mission and

the above is his theme for this mission.

PILGRIMAGE TO GUADALUPE, MEXICO

February 10 / 9AM Departure

Pilgrimage is being organized by Fr. Paul Hancko. The

cost is $2,390 for double occupancy. Single and triple

occupancy available. Contact Deacon Milan at

647-968-1141.

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                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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SAINTS FEASTS OF THE WEEK

THE  IMMACULATE  CONCEPTION  OF  THE  BLESSED
VIRGIN  MARY
—Solemnity:  Mon,  Dec  9: A  feast  called  the
Conception  of  Mary  arose  in  the  Eastern  Church  in  the
seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century.
In  the  11th  century  it  received  its  present  name,  the
Immaculate  Conception.  In  the  18th  century  it  became  a
feast  of  the  universal  Church.  It  is  now  recognized  as  a
solemnity. In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most
Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception,
by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God,
in  view  of  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  the  Saviour  of  the
human  race,  was  preserved  free  from  all  stain  of  original
sin.”

Reflection: In Luke 1:28 the angel Gabriel, speaking on God’s
behalf,  addresses  Mary  as  “full  of  grace”  or  “highly
favoured”.  In  that  context,  this  phrase  means  that  Mary  is
receiving  all  the  special  divine  help  necessary  for  the  task
ahead.  However,  the  Church  grows  in  understanding  with
the  help  of  the  Holy  Spirit.  The  Spirit  led  the  Church,
especially  non-theologians,  to  the  insight  that  Mary  had  to
be the most perfect work of God next to the Incarnation. Or
rather,  Mary’s  intimate  association  with  the  Incarnation
called for the special involvement of God in Mary’s whole life.
The  logic  of  piety  helped God’s  people  to  believe  that  Mary
was full of grace and free of sin from the first moment of her
existence.  Moreover,  this  great  privilege  of  Mary  is  the
highlight  of  all  that  God  has  done  in  Jesus.  Rightly
understood,  the  incomparable  holiness  of  Mary  shows  forth
the incomparable goodness of God.

Mary as the Immaculate Conception is the Patron Saint of:
Brazil, United States

St DAMASUS I, POPE—Optional Memorial: Wed, Dec 11:

OUR  LADY  OF  GUADALUPE,  PATRONESS  OF  THE
AMERICAS
—Feast: Thurs,  Dec  12: The  feast  in  honour  of
Our  Lady  of  Guadalupe  goes  back  to  the  16th  century.
Chronicles of that period tell us the story.

A  poor  Indian  named  Cuauhtlatohuac  was  baptized  and
given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower,

and  lived  in  a  small  village  near  Mexico City. On Saturday
morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby
barrio to attend Mass in honour of Our Lady.

Juan  was  walking  by  a  hill  called Tepeyac  when  he  heard
beautiful  music  like  the  warbling  of  birds. A  radiant  cloud
appeared,  and  within  it  stood  an  Indian  maiden  dressed
like  an  Aztec  princess.  The  lady  spoke  to  him  in  his  own
language  and  sent  him  to  the  bishop  of  Mexico,  a
Franciscan  named Juan  de Zumarraga. The  bishop  was  to
build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.

Eventually the bishop told Juan to have the lady give him a
sign. About  this  same  time  Juan’s  uncle  became  seriously
ill. This led poor Juan to try to avoid the lady. Nevertheless
the  lady  found  Juan,  assured  him  that  his  uncle  would
recover, and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop
in his cape or tilma.

On December 12, when Juan Diego opened his tilma in the
bishop’s  presence,  the  roses  fell  to  the  ground,  and  the
bishop sank to his knees. On the tilma where the roses had
been  appeared  an  image  of  Mary  exactly  as  she  had
appeared at the hill of Tepeyac.

Reflection:  Mary’s  appearance  to  Juan  Diego  as  one  of  his
people is a powerful reminder that Mary—and the God who
sent her—accept all peoples. In the context of the sometimes
rude and cruel treatment of the Indians by the Spaniards, the
apparition  was  a  rebuke  to  the  Spaniards  and  an  event  of
vast  significance  for  the  indigenous  population.  While  a
number of them had converted before this incident, they now
came in droves. According to a contemporary chronicler, nine
million Indians became Catholic in a very short time. In these
days when we hear so much about God’s preferential option
for  the  poor,  Our  Lady  of  Guadalupe  cries  out  to  us  that
God’s love for and identification with the poor is an age-old
truth that stems from the Gospel itself.

Our  Lady  of  Guadalupe  is  the  Patron  Saint  of:  The
Americas, Mexico.

St LUCY, VIRGIN, MARTYR—Memorial: Fri, Dec 13;
St  JOHN  OF THE  CROSS,  PRIEST,  DOCTOR—Memorial:
Sat, Dec 14:

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  1st  Reading:  Isaiah
11.1-10;  2nd  Reading:  Romans  15.4-9;  Gospel:
Matthew  3.1-12  – The  Proclamation  of  John  the
Baptist

A Stewardship Examination
As Christmas carols take over radio stations and
shopping malls are filled to capacity, it is easy to
lose  track  of  the  true  purpose  of  Advent.
Essentially, Advent  is  a  time  to  prepare  for  the
Lord’s  coming  on  Christmas  Day  as  well  as  his
final  coming  at  the  end  of  time.  It  is  also  a
moment  to  remind  ourselves  that  our  own
individual  judgement  day  is  coming  too,  where
we will stand before the throne of God and give
an account of how we have used all the gifts and
blessings we have received.

Cardinal  Collins  in  his  Pastoral  Letter  on
Stewardship states that “A steward is a servant
entrusted  for  a  time  with  the  goods  of  the

Master  …  and  must  eventually  give  an  account
to  the  Master  for  the  way  in  which  [the  gifts]
have  been  cared  for  and  made  fruitful.”  This
Advent season reminds us to conduct a humble
examination of how are we best using our God-
given  gifts  for  His  glory  and  the  good  of  the
Church.

Are we staying faithful to our practice of prayer?
Are we using our time to serve and journey with
others? Are we taking an active role in the life of
the  parish  community? Are  we  serving  the  less
fortunate  in  our  community,  remembering
Christ’s  words  to  serve  the  poor? Are  we  living
for the present world or for the world to come?
Let  us  take  this  Advent  to  re-examine  how  we
are  being  stewards  of  the  gifts  in  our  lives  and
recommit to fully living the Gospel.

Stewardship, Archdiocese of Toronto

“Prepare The Way Of The Lord,

Make His Paths Straight”

Matthew

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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My Catholic Life! A journey of 

personal conversion!

https://mycatholic.life/catholic-question-and-answer/

DEEPENING YOUR FAITH LIFE

Question: I want to deepen my faith life, but I’m not sure
how to go about it. I’ve talked to a few of my friends about
this, and some of them seem to understand, but they don’t
really have any ideas. I already go to Mass often, but I can’t
make it every day. I also pray the rosary a lot. Do you have
any  suggestions  about  things  I  can  do  to  grow  closer  to
God?
Answer: I have three general suggestions for you.
First, keep doing all that you mention and more. Pray the
Rosary, go to Mass often, read stories of the saints, study
the  Church’s  teachings,  participate  in  retreats,  read  the
Scriptures (and daily reflections on the Scripture), set aside
quiet time for personal prayer each day, etc. The more you
are able to immerse yourself in these activities the better.
Another essential way of deepening your faith is to grow in
charity.  Faith  and  charity  go  hand  in  hand  and  one  will
strengthen  the  other.  So  look  for  opportunities  to  show
love to others.

Small  things  make  a  big  difference  in  our  faith  life.  For
example, look for opportunities to pause and simply smile
at  someone. Or  to  say  a  kind  and  uplifting  word. Or  why
not go out of your way to help someone out. This could be
simply  opening  the  door  for  someone,  helping  someone
with  homework,  cleaning  up  at  home,  etc.  Our  daily  life
presents us with numerous opportunities for charity. All we
need to do is look for these opportunities, no matter how
small  they  may  be,  and  make  the  good  choice  to  act  on
them.

A third suggestion I’d like to offer is a bit different from the
other two. Sometimes, as we grow in faith, we don’t “feel”
like  we  are  growing. As  a  matter  of  fact,  we  may  actually
feel  like God  is  not  as  near  as  before. This  happens  when
we  rely  upon  our  feeling  and  emotions  too  much.  For
example, perhaps you have had the wonderful opportunity
to go on an exciting and inspiring retreat. Retreats can give
us  a  “spiritual  high.”  We  can  leave  a  retreat,  sometimes,
feeling  closer  to God  than  ever  before. We  can  make  new
resolutions,  be  filled  with  joy,  be  excited  by  life  and  then,
within  a  few  weeks,  we’re  back  to  our  old  self  looking
forward to our next retreat so that we can have that feeling
again. All this is good. And retreats, including the spiritual
high, are very helpful ways of growing in faith.

But  what  we  need  to  know,  for  the  long  term,  is  that
feeling close to God is not the same as being close to God.
Sometimes, God will take away our good spiritual feelings
for  a  time  so  that  He  can  help  us  strengthen  our
commitment  to  Him.  It  is  primarily  our  commitment  to
Him  that  will  deepen  our  faith.  If  we  only  follow  Him
because  we  feel  like  following  Him,  are  we  really
committed?  But  if  God  takes  away  some  of  those  initial

good feelings and we remain just as committed as before,
then we know that we are on the right path. In that case,
we can be certain that our faith is being deepened.

So  pray  much,  learn  your  faith,  try  to  live  a  life  of  charity
and  I  promise  that  your  faith  will  grow  even  if  it  doesn’t
always feel that way. And you’re already on the right path
for  simply  desiring  a  deeper  faith.  Keep  that  desire  alive
and I’m quite certain that God will fulfill it!

You  may  also  find  this  book  helpful: The  Mystical Journey
to  Divine  Union:  Spiritual Wisdom  from  Saint  John  of  the
Cross

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Next Youth Ministry Night: Social

Friday, Dec 13, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Next Youth Ministry Night: Lesson

Friday, Dec 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

NEW PASTOR

June 24, 2020

Who  the  new  pastor  will  be  has  not  yet  been  decided—
this will be known sometime in May of 2020. Let us begin
praying  for  him
.  If  we  do  this  together,  he  will  become  a
blessing to JXXIII. Date of transfer is June 24, 2020.

THE WORDS OF

Pope, Saint John XXIII

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.

Think not about your frustrations, but about your

unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you

tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you

to do”

PRAYER

Mercy. Ask. Thanksgiving. Adoration.

(M. A. T. A.)

Begin with seeking Mercy. / Continue by Asking for

grace. / Move on to be amazed and Thankful for all His

gifts. / Finally, Marvel in Adoration of His holy light.

(Don’t be surprised if your prayer does not follow the

above order)

TOTUS TUUS RETURNS

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Your Child for Totus Tuus 2020.

Dates: August 9—14, 2020

Cost: $10/for the week/per child

payable week prior to Aug 9.

Day Program: children entering grades 1-6 in the Fall.

Evening Program: youth entering grades 7-12 in the Fall.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED

SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to

6PM,  concludes  with

evening  prayer  and

B e n e d i c t i o n  a t

5:40PM.  Come  for  a

few  minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep  watch

with the Lord. Pray for

others,  the  Church,

your family, yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   2nd Sunday of Advent                     December 8, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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